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Full Access In the Border-Land of Literalism: Interpretative Scripture Alterations in Medieval Karaite Translations of the Bible into Arabic

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In the Border-Land of Literalism: Interpretative Scripture Alterations in Medieval Karaite Translations of the Bible into Arabic

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With a perfectly faithful translation being but a pipe dream, every interpreter exercises certain degree of freedom in choosing what he perceives as the most appropriate representation of the source text in the target language. This flexible dimension is discernible also in overall literalistic approach of medieval Karaite translators of the Hebrew Bible into Arabic. The article focuses on non-theological alterations demonstrated in their renderings of scriptural verses, which are intended to modify rather than clarify the original meanings. It pays special attention to distinct ways in which these exegetes cope with the descriptions of indecent, improper or irrational behavior from the revered Forefathers—Patriarchs, Matriarchs and prophets of the Jewish nation.

Affiliations: 1: University of Warsaw mzawanowska@wp.pl

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With a perfectly faithful translation being but a pipe dream, every interpreter exercises certain degree of freedom in choosing what he perceives as the most appropriate representation of the source text in the target language. This flexible dimension is discernible also in overall literalistic approach of medieval Karaite translators of the Hebrew Bible into Arabic. The article focuses on non-theological alterations demonstrated in their renderings of scriptural verses, which are intended to modify rather than clarify the original meanings. It pays special attention to distinct ways in which these exegetes cope with the descriptions of indecent, improper or irrational behavior from the revered Forefathers—Patriarchs, Matriarchs and prophets of the Jewish nation.

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